National Aboriginal Day Message from Niki Ashton

Today is a great day of celebration. We celebrate the great contributions of First Nations and Métis people in our region and across Canada. We celebrate the rich cultures and heritage of Aboriginal peoples.

We also look forward to the great future across our country - the fact that Aboriginal communities are among the youngest in Canada - and that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit young peoples are key to our regions and our country moving forward. We recognize the great initiatives and partnerships being built across our region and our country among Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians.

We honour history and recommit to Treaty Rights and Aboriginal Rights, the very foundations that our country are built on. We recognize that respecting these rights means having a Federal Government that works with First Nations, Métis and Inuit governments and peoples when it comes to health, education, housing, land and development.

Today we celebrate and we look forward!

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

Masi-Cho, Migwetch, Egosani